NHL Morning Rumor Mill – Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Updates on Jaromir Jagr, Mason Raymond and Ales Hemsky.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross reports New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello declined to admit his club had signed Jaromir Jagr as reported Monday by ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. “It’s all rumors right now”, said Lamoriello, who did acknowledge he’ll continue to look to improve his club in the wake of Ilya Kovalchuk’s sudden NHL retirement nearly two weeks ago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lamoriello is never going to admit or acknowledge any rumored signing by his club until he officially announces it. According to LeBrun, the Devils signing of Jagr is supposed to officially take place today. No offense to the Devils GM, but LeBrun has an excellent track record in this regard, so I’m taking him at his word.

Is there a market for Mason Raymond?

Is there a market for Mason Raymond?

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a recent radio interview with agent J.P. Barry, the agent for former Canucks winger Mason Raymond, claiming it could take some time before his client signs with a new NHL team. Barry said there’s been plenty of interest in Raymond by potential suitors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s not much left in this year’s UFA market, which was a weak one to begin with. Once Brenden Morrow, Vinny Prospal, and Dan Cleary have been signed (or in Prospal’s case, if he stays in Europe), the market should open up for Raymond.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said he wouldn’t be against seeing Ales Hemsky at training camp if unable to move the winger this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That being said, you can bet MacTavish is probably beating the bushes hoping this summer’s piss-poor UFA market forces teams to give Hemsky a second look.


  1. Stranger… no one picked up Dan Cleary yet or is he askng for too much $?

    I am also surprised that noone is talking about Gagne. Have that feeling… that Flyers have deal in place right after the season starts and Pronger goes on LTIR. Gagne Couturier Read line would be awesome together.

    • for three games, and then Gagne misses 60 with a broken paper-mache elbow or something.

      • Any player can break anything at any given time. We do not need Gagne to go through the wall like he used to. We need him to play steady 13min per game two way game and teach Couturier like Primeau and Recchi taught Gagne 10 years ago.

        P.S if you have a hockey point to make now is the time to do it.

    • I believe Detroit wants to resign Cleary and although they don’t have much left under the cap I’m sure they’ll get something done.

    • Rumor is he wants $3 mill per. Thats a lotta dough and Holland is the only one dumb enough to give it to him. However i cant really see it happening. Nill reportedly wants him too, but we have to get Nyquist and Andersson locked up too and the way Holland makes trades any more we could be in a bit of a pickle. I really like Tootoo but i dont really matter( except for paying to watch him play or lack thereof) but nobody wants him. He had the opption to buy out Samuelson and Bertuzzi but for some strange reason wont let them go. So we are stuck.

      • I don’t get that – but maybe both have an injury and can’t be bought out.

  2. Tambellini should have accepted the 2nd rounder he was worth years ago. Now people don’t want to take on a 5M salary and MacT, while miraculously able to move one of the worst NHLers out there offensively and defensively in Horcoff and that ugly salary he gets, is still unable to move Hemsky.

    Speaking of bad salaries, is Little worth that much, yet? I hope he scores a few more goals than he was on pace for this year.

    And I think Lou just wants to show that he does everything in his own time.

    • I would have said Little isn’t worth that at all – I was shocked by the number. But he did have a 32-pt season last year, not much behind Gagner, who earned similar $$$. And Little does have a few 20-goal and a 30-goal season on his resume, which Gagner doesn’t have.

      Still seems like too much money for Little, but maybe not as unreasonable as I’d initially thought.

  3. Would love to see the pens pick him up for the 3rd line or spot duty on the top lines. Pick him up and move orpik and niskanen for bottom 6 guys or prospects. Hurting there the most let the young mobile guys get a shot on the blueline like Despres!!

  4. By him I mean Raymond, his speed is unreal

    • agreed

    • So are his hands of lead

  5. I see gm’s looking for a scorer taking there shot at landing vanek rather then hemsky at this point.

  6. Out here on the west coast I have seen a lot of Raymond. He skates like the wind but he is too fast for his hands. He is not good enough offensively to play top 6 and isnt gritty enough to be a checker.

  7. who wants the most reluctant shooter since old yeller in Hemsky